1950s Crime Movies

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Touch of Evil(1958)

1h 51min | Crime, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 505 votes)

When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan. When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, Menzies, are planting evidence to frame an innocent man, his investigations into their possible corruption quickly put himself and his new bride, Susie, in jeopardy.

The Night of the Hunter(1955)

| 1h 33min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
4.0/5 (with 527 votes)

In the Deep South, a serial-killing preacher hunts two young children who know the whereabouts of a stash of money.

The Asphalt Jungle(1950)

| 1h 52min | Crime, Drama
3.8/5 (with 145 votes)

Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar "Doc" Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big jewel heist.

Bob le Flambeur(1956)

1h 43min | Drama, Action, Crime
3.7/5 (with 75 votes)

In Paris, Bob Montagne is practically synonymous with gambling -- and winning. He is kind, classy and well-liked by virtually everyone in town, including police inspector Ledru. However, when Bob's luck turns sour, he begins to lose friends and makes the most desperate gamble of his life: to rob the Deauville casino during Grand Prix weekend, when the vaults are full. Unfortunately, Bob soon learns that the game is rigged and the cops are on to him.

Maigret Sets a Trap(1958)

1h 59min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 26 votes)

Four women were murdered, each was knifed and, though they had their clothes torn, they weren't molested. As the famed police inspector Jules Maigret pieces the clues together, he comes to realize that for the elusive man that he suspects to be unmasked, he has to set him a trap.


1h 28min | Drama, Thriller, Crime
3.1/5 (with 16 votes)

A police detective falls for the bank robber's girlfriend he is supposed to be tailing.


1h 41min | Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 23 votes)

Henri, the Man from Nantes, comes back to his country after a successful stay in the United States, where he was working for Liski, the drug dealer. With the fame of being a tough guy preceding him, he sets himself to the task of knowing why the French operations were not so profitable - and soon he is master of all links of the organization. He can now get it honed to perfection - or destroy it. Only... the Police are following his every step.

Woman on the Run(1950)

1h 17min | Crime, Drama
3.4/5 (with 27 votes)

Frank Johnson, a sole witness to a gangland murder, goes into hiding and is trailed by Police Inspector Ferris, on the theory that Frank is trying to escape from possible retaliation. Frank's wife, Eleanor, suspects he is actually running away from their unsuccessful marriage. Aided by a newspaperman, Danny Leggett, Eleanor sets out to locate her husband. The killer is also looking for him, and keeps close tabs on Eleanor.

Touchez Pas au Grisbi(1954)

1h 35min | Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 72 votes)

Gentleman gangster Max and his partner, Riton, pull off their last, most successful heist and find themselves comfortable enough to retire in the style they enjoy. However, Max confides the details of the theft to his younger mistress, Josey -- who has secretly taken up with ambitious young rival gangster Angelo. Angelo then has Riton kidnapped and demands the stash of gold as ransom, which threatens Max's dreams of the perfect retirement.

Crime in the Streets(1956)

| 1h 31min | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 8 votes)

A social worker tries to end juvenile crime by getting involved with a street gang.

The Man Is Armed(1956)

1h 10min | Crime, Drama
2.6/5 (with 4 votes)

Crime drama in which a man unknowingly helps a gang pull off a big heist. The gang discovers that the man is more trouble than he is worth and as a result, things don't go as smoothly as planned.

The Thief(1952)

1h 25min | Crime, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 11 votes)

1952 black and white Cold War spy film, entirely without dialog.

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His Kind of Woman(1951)

3.3/5 (with 18 votes)

In a desperate attempt to get out of debt, career gambler Dan Milner agrees to rendezvous with a mysterious contact at a distant Mexican resort in exchange for $50,000. Upon arriving, Milner meets his fellow guests, including a plastic surgeon, a philandering movie star and his beautiful girlfriend. Soon Milner discovers that the man who hired him may be the ruthless gangster Nick Ferraro -- a deported crime boss looking to re-enter the USA.

Man in the Shadow(1957)

1h 20min | Thriller, Drama, Crime
3.3/5 (with 13 votes)

In effect, modern cow town Spurline is run by Virgil Renchler, owner of the Golden Empire Ranch. One night, two of Virgil's henchmen go a little too far and beat a "bracero" ranch hand to death. Faced with an obvious cover-up and opposition on every hand, sheriff Ben Sadler is goaded into investigating. His unlikely ally: Renchler's lovely, self-willed and overprotected daughter. Will Ben survive Renchler's wrath?

Cast a Dark Shadow(1955)

1h 22min | Crime, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 16 votes)

Edward "Teddy" Bare is a ruthless schemer who thinks he's hit the big time when he kills his older wife, believing he will inherit a fortune. When things don't go according to plan, Teddy sets his sights on a new victim: wealthy widow Freda Jeffries. Unfortunately for the unscrupulous criminal, Freda is much more guarded and sassy than his last wife, making separating her from her money considerably more challenging.

The Facts of Murder(1959)

1h 55min | Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 14 votes)

A police inspector comes into contact with people of all types and dispositions during a grueling murder investigation.

Deadlier Than the Male(1956)

1h 53min | Drama, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 20 votes)

In Les Halles, in the heart of Paris, the restaurateur André Chatelin (Jean Gabin), leads an uneventful life until the arrival from Marseille of Catherine (Danièle Delorme), the daughter of his ex-wife Gabrielle (Lucienne Bogaert). She tells him her mother is dead and that she is without resources. Chatelin welcomes her under his roof - then marries her. Gérard (Gérard Blain), a young student that Chatelin looks upon as a son, becomes Catherine's lover, and she sets him at odds with Chatelin. She asks him to kill the restaurateur. He refuses. She kills him. Having discovered that Gabrielle is still alive, declined and drug addicted, Chatelin realises the darkness of Catherine's soul who has always lied to him.

Gideon's Day(1958)

1h 31min | Crime, Action, Drama
3.2/5 (with 11 votes)

Scotland Yard Inspector George Gideon starts his day off on the wrong foot when he gets a traffic-violation ticket from a young police officer. From there, his 'typical day" consists in learning that one of his most-trusted detectives has accepted bribes; hunts an escaped maniac who has murdered a girl; tracks a young girl suspected of involvement in a payroll robbery and then helps break up a bank robbery.

Directed by John Ford - With Jack Hawkins, Dianne Foster, Cyril Cusack, Andrew Ray, Diane Foster, James Hayter, ...

Three Cases of Murder(1955)

1h 39min | Mystery, Horror
2.7/5 (with 9 votes)

Three stories of murder and the supernatural: A museum worker is introduced to a world behind the pictures he sees every day. When two lifelong friends fall in love with the same woman and she is killed, they are obvious suspects. Is their friendship strong enough for them to alibi each other? When a young politician is hurt by the arrogant Secretary for Foreign Affairs Lord Mountdrago, he uses Mountdrago's dreams to get revenge.

Hell Bound(1957)

1h 12min | Action, Drama, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

A criminal gang plots the robbery of a ship carrying $2 million worth of surplus narcotics left over from World War II. The plan goes awry when the gang leader's girlfriend falls for an ambulance attendant who is an unsuspecting pawn in the scheme.

Jail Bait(1954)

1h 14min | Action, Crime, Thriller
2.0/5 (with 14 votes)

Don Gregor, the son of famous plastic surgeon Dr. Boris Gregor, begins to hang around with young criminal Vic Brady and carry a gun. The pair attempt an armed holdup, and when things start to go wrong Gregor accidentally kills a night watchman. Fearing that Gregor plans to turn himself in, Brady kills him and blackmails Dr. Gregor into giving him a new face.

Crime Wave(1953)

1h 13min | Crime
3.6/5 (with 22 votes)

Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter. The other two former cellmates then attempt to force him into doing a bank job.

FBI Girl(1951)

1h 14min | Crime, Drama
2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

G-men grab a gangster and a governor thanks to a clerk in the fingerprints division.


| 1h 19min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 13 votes)

Young auto mechanic Dan Brady takes $20 from a cash register at work to go on a date with blonde femme fatale Vera Novak. Brady intends to put the money back before it is missed, but the garage's bookkeeper shows up earlier than scheduled. As Brady scrambles to cover evidence of his petty theft, he fast finds himself drawn into an ever worsening "quicksand" of crime.

Hunt the Man Down(1950)

1h 9min | Mystery, Crime
3.0/5 (with 5 votes)

A lawyer uncovers secrets behind a 12-year-old murder case.

Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case(1959)

1h 38min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 19 votes)

Police Commissioner Jules Maigret returns to the small village where he spent his childhood at the request of the Countess of Saint-Fiacre, who has received a disturbing anonymous letter.

Wicked Woman(1953)

1h 17min | Drama
2.3/5 (with 6 votes)

A trashy blonde lures a saloon owner away from his wife.

Hot Cars(1956)

3.3/5 (with 2 votes)

Story of a salesman lured into the "hot car" racket.

Directed by Don McDougall - With John Bromfield

Women's Prison(1955)

1h 19min | Drama, Crime
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

A crusading psychiatrist battles a sadistic female warden to improve conditions at a women's prison.

Hoodlum Empire(1952)

1h 38min | Crime
3.0/5 (with 5 votes)

It's a deadly play for power when a Mafia chieftain's top gun goes straight and threatens to testify against the big boss and his cruel, nationwide network of crime. The picture, which was shot in a semi-documentary style, was inspired by the Kefauver investigations of 1950-51.

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